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1803 Will of Mary Luckett of Washington County

Mary Luckett was a very recent immigrant to Washington County, Kentucky, when she died there in the spring of 1803.  Her husband, Thomas Hussey Luckett, died in Port Tobacco, Charles County, Maryland, in 1797 – she came to Kentucky after that date.  Mary’s children are listed – most of the girls with their married names.  I checked marriage records for Washington County, but could find none of these names, leading me to believe they married in Maryland.  Henry Luckett, the youngest, married Elizabeth Beaven in Washington County 17 June 1805.

I find it very interesting that she sends her executor to Maryland, to remove a Negro boy from the man she sold him to – Osborn Ecton.  Was he cruel to this young slave? 

Rev. Stephen Theodore Badin is the priest mentioned in her will, to receive five pounds.  He was born in Orleans, France, July 17, 1768, and did much to minister to the Catholics in Kentucky during the early days of the state.

Also remember that Marion County was still a part of Washington County at this time.  I believe it is in that area that the Luckett’s lived.

Washington County, Kentucky Will Book A, Pages 247-249

In the name of God, amen.  I, Mary Luckett, of Washington County and state of Kentucky, being weak of body, but sound and perfect mind and memory, recommending my soul to almighty God, who gave it, and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my children, doth give and bequeath

My personal and real estate in the following manner and form, to wit.  It is my will and desire that my Executor shall have a sum of money arising from the sale of my property, sufficient to pay him and bear his expenses to the state of Maryland, and also money, if any shall be required, for the use of removing a Negro boy, called Joseph, of the possession of Osborn Ecton, which boy was sold to said Ecton by me.  It is my will and desire that Elizabeth Cheatham, Benjamin Luckett, Thomas Luckett, Priscilla Roby, Sarah Simms, Ann Mellon, Verlinda Roby, Elizabeth Luckett and Henry Luckett, my beloved children, shall have an equal proportion of my real and personal estate after paying all my just debts and expending the sum of five pounds with the Rev. S. T. Badin, and lastly, I constitute and appoint Hezekiah Luckett, the sole Executor of this my last will and testament, revoking any other will or wills heretofore made by me.  In testimony whereof I have set my hand and seal this twentieth day of April eighteen hundred and three.

Singed, sealed and delivered by Mary Luckett as her last will and testament in the

presence of us, and we in the presence of her and in the presence of each other, the day and year above written – Henry Miles, Bernard Miles

Mary Luckett

At a County Court held for Washington County the second day of May 1803.  This will was proved by the oaths of Henry Miles and Bernard Miles, subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

And on the motion of Hezekiah Luckett, the Executor therein named who made oath and executed and acknowledged bond in the penalty of six hundred pounds conditioned as the law directs, a certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.

The Lucketts of Port Tobacco, Charles County, Maryland, Newman, 1938

Thomas Luckett

(1720-1797)

Thomas Luckett, son of Samuel and Anne Luckett, was born about 1720, in Port Tobacco Parish, Charles County, Maryland.  His wife was Mary, who shared in the will of her mother Sarah Griffin, of Charles County, during 1796. From the ages and marriages of his children, it can be concluded that Thomas wedded somewhat late in life.

Children of Thomas and Mary (Griffin) Luckett

  1. Benjamin Luckett married Elizabeth Semmes
  2. Priscilla Luckett married Barton Robey, settled in Nelson Count, Kentucky
  3. Sarah Luckett married John Semmes, settled in Nelson County, Kentucky
  4. Elizabeth Luckett married James Oldham
  5. Thomas Luckett married Mary
  6. Anne Luckett
  7. Verlinda Luckett married Joseph Osborn Robey, according to the rites of the Catholic Church, February 22, 1797.
  8. Hezekiah Luckett married Elizabeth
  9. Henry Luckett married Elizabeth Beaven.

Thomas Luckett maintained his seat in Upper Port Tobacco Hundred, where he was a tax payer in 1783, with the following tracts – ‘Quick Dispatch’ of 15 acres with one good dwelling; ‘Semmes’ Support’ of 40 acres; ‘No Dispute’ of 48 acres with one good dwelling; and ‘Luckett’s Outlet’ of 24 acres.  These tracts were acquired during the Revolutionary War, inasmuch as up to the year 1774 Thomas Luckett paid no quit rents to the Lord Proprietor.

In 1778 Thomas Luckett took the Oath of Allegiance and Fidelity to the State of Maryland in Charles County, his signature appearing on the list of ‘His Worshipful Robert Young Returns’.

According to the census of 1790, Thomas Luckett was the head of a family, he and another man being over the age of 16, 1 boy under 16, 6 females and 11 slaves.

He died intestate in Charles County.  His widow Mary was issued letters of administration, while the inventory of his personal estate, taken in April 1797, showed property given to his five children at the time of marriage, but since returned to the estate.  The final account was rendered April 15, 1797, by this widow, and distributed to her and nine unnamed children.  John Griffin and Thomas Luckett were bondsmen.

On April 10, 1797, an indenture made in Charles County showed that Benjamin Luckett and Elizabeth his wife; Barton Robey and Priscilla, his wife; John Semmes and Sarah, his wife; all of Nelson County, Kentucky.  James Oldham and Elizabeth, his wife; Thomas Luckett and Mary, his wife; Anne Luckett; Joseph Osborne Robey and Valinda, his wife; Hezekiah Luckett and Henry Luckett, all of Charles County, Maryland, deeded to Elizabeth Keith, of Alexandria, Virginia, a tract of land in Charles County called ‘All Dispute’, being a portion of Zachariah Manor which by patent of November 30, 1797, had been granted to Benjamin Luckett, Elizabeth Oldham, Priscilla Robey, Thomas Luckett, Sarah Semmes, Anne Luckett, Valinda Luckett, Hezekiah Luckett and Henry Luckett, heirs of Thomas Luckett.  Hezekiah Luckett was given the power of attorney for the residents of Nelson County.

1790 Will of Valentine King

According to an article on the King family published in Genealogies of Kentucky Families, Valentine King was born in Stafford County, Virginia, about 1747, ‘the son of William King, Clerk of the Court, and Justice of Stafford County, 1742-1760, and his wife, Elizabeth Edwards, daughter of John Edwards and his wife, Jane Arrington, of Westmoreland County, Virginia.’

Valentine King, along with his brothers, John, William and Nimrod, fought in the Revolutionary War as members of the Stafford County Militia, 3rd Virginia Regiment.  They were all discharged from the camp at Valley Forge, February 16, 1778, and returned to Stafford County.  They soon moved to Kentucky, receiving land for their military service.

Valentine King received land in Jefferson County, Kentucky.  He died in early April 1790.

In the name of God amen.  I, Valentine King of Nelson County and district of Kentucky, being of sound mind and memory, thanks be to God for the same, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following.  That is to say, first of all, I recommend my soul to God who gave it and my body to the earth from whence it came, to be buried in a Christian-like manner at the discretion of my executors hereafter named, and as to the worldly estate it hath pleased God to give me I dispose of it in the following manner.

Imprimis.  My will and desire is that all my just debts and funeral charges be first paid and satisfied.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my beloved sister, Elizabeth Owens, during the term of her natural life, one third of the profits arising from the plantation I purchased of Patrick McGee, which said plantation after her decease goes to my brother, John Edwards King.  I also give and bequeath to my said sister, Elizabeth Owens, during her natural life one Negro girl called Cate, which said Negro after my said sister’s decease goes to my brother, John E. King, and I further give to my said sister, Elizabeth Owens, one half the increase of the said Negro

Cate, that shall be raised from her during the life of my said sister, to her and her heirs forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my beloved brother, John Edwards King, the plantation and land I purchased of Patrick McGee, he, paying annually to his sister, Elizabeth Owens, one third part of the profits arising from the said plantation during her life, to him and his heirs and assigns forever.  I also give my said brother, John E. King, after the death of his sister, Elizabeth Owens, one Negro called Cate and one half the increase that shall have been raised from her to him and his heirs and assigns forever.  I further give my said brother, John E. King, two hundred acres of land in Jefferson County, known by the name of the Poplar Level to receive the same and have possession after the death of Elizabeth Crips, to whom I have left the said land during her natural life and I further give to my brother, John E. King, my wearing apparel with my saddles, bridle and saddle bags to him and his heirs forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath to Elizabeth Crips, daughter of Nancy Brashear, during her natural life, two hundred acres of land, her choice, out of five hundred acres of my

land in Jefferson County, known by the name of the Poplar Level on Floyd’s Fork, which said land at her death goes to my brother, John E. King.  I also give to the said Elizabeth Crips my mare called Jenix and three thousand weight of tobacco to her and her heirs and assigns forever.

Item.  My will and desire is that all the rest of my estate, real and personal, be equally divided between my beloved mother and my brothers William and Withers King and that my mother’s part at her decease go to my two brothers, William and Withers, to them, their heirs and assigns forever.

And lastly I do hereby appoint my trusty and beloved friends, George and Cuthbert Harrison, Executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me heretofore made, declaring this and only to be my last will and testament, in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 22nd day of February 1790.

Valentine King

Signed, sealed, published and declared by this testator in presence of – Anthony Foster, Paul Kester, Cuthbert Harrison.

At a Court held for Nelson County on Tuesday the 13th day of April 1790.  This last will and testament of Valentine King, deceased, was presented in Court by Cuthbert Harrison, one of the Executors herein named and proved by the oaths of Anthony Foster, Paul Kester and Cuthbert Harrison, subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to record.

Teste.  Gen Grayson, Clerk of the Court

Nelson County – Will Book A, Pages 1-4

 

 

Augustine Cooper and His Two Wives – Mahala Monica Bean and Matilda Coomes

Augustine Cooper and Mahala Monica Bean, daughter of Bennett Bean, were married February 12, 1827.  In the 1850 Washington County census, Augustine, 43, and Monica, 41, are listed with ten children – Bennett, 22; Charles N., 19; Richard R., 18; Alexander B., 16; Philip, 14; Sarah E., 13; James W., 10; Mary E., 8; Thomas H., 6; and John B., 4.  In 1860 only Bennett and Richard were not living with the family.

Monica Bean Cooper died September 20, 1862.  Two years after her death Augustine married again – this time to Matilda A. Coomes, June 20, 1864.

In the 1870 census Augustine is 64, Matilda, 34.  Their three small children are Augustine, 5; Mary, 3; and Joseph, 11/12.  Augustine Cooper died November 22nd of that year.  In the 1880 census Matilda is living with her three children in Nelson County, where she was raised as a child.  She died at the young age of 49.

According to the death certificate of son Joseph, who became Brother Cyril Cooper, C. F. X., Augustine Cooper and Matilda Coomes are listed as his parents.  Daughter Mary became Sister Mary Catherine Cooper and was a school teacher in Paducah.  Augustine Cooper and his wives left many descendants.

Augustine Cooper, born June 4, 1805, died November 22, 1870.  Monica, wife of A. Cooper, born August 8, 1807, died September 20, 1862.  St. Rose Catholic Cemetery, Washington County, Kentucky.

 

1829 Will of John Duncan of Nelson County

The Duncan and Lewis families were relatives of my Linton family.  They settled in northern Nelson County, in the Bloomfield area, near the Spencer County line.  Port Gibson, mentioned in the will, is located in Mississippi.

In the name of God amen.  I, John Duncan, of the county of Nelson and state of Kentucky, knowing that it is appointed once for all men to die, being weak in body but of good mind and memory, blessed be Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my last will and testament, in the manner and form following.  First of all, I recommend my body to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian-like manner.  As it respects such worldly property with which it has pleased God to bless me, first, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Mary Duncan, all of my estate during her life, both real and personal, of which I die seized or possessed with, or whatever part she chooses to keep, if she sees cause not to keep all, whatever part she sees cause not to keep, to be divided among my children equally at my death, and as for my estate both real and personal, of which I die seized or possessed, I do at my beloved wife’s death give, will and bequeath to each and all my children an equal proportion of all my money, goods and chattles, both real and personal, of which I may die seized or possessed.  At the death of my beloved wife, I do give, will and bequeath to my son, Charles Duncan, a Negro woman by the name of Eliza, about nineteen years old, which is now in my daughter Rebecca Dye’s possession, John Dye, her husband, has hired and her time is not yet out.  I do also give, will and bequeath the said negro woman Eliza and her increase forever to my son Charles Duncan, for my daughter Rebecca Dye’s particular use, during her natural life, and at her death to descend to her children, and the remainder, whatever more come to her, my daughter Rebecca Dye.  I do give, will and bequeath to my son Charles Duncan, for my daughter Rebecca Dye’s particular use during her natural life, and at her death to descend to her children.  And it is my will and desire that the whole of the land shall be divided equally in quantity and quality, as there is a great difference in the value of the land, and for the remainder of my estates, both real and personal, of which I may die seized or possessed with I do give, will and bequeath each and every one of my children an equal proportion of all my money, goods and chattels, both real and personal of which

I may die seized or possessed, my daughter Elizabeth Coursey that is now living near Gibsonport, it is my will and desire that her part shall be in money or something else to suit her as I do not wish for any of the Negroes to go down to that country.  I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Coursey her proportion of my estate during her life and at her death to descend to her children, and I do hereby constitute, ordain and make this my last will and testament, and I do hereby disannul, disallow and revoke all other wills by me formerly written.  And I do appoint my beloved wife, Mary Duncan, my two sons, Robert and Charles Duncan, my Executrix and Executors, to this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty-first day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-nine.

John Duncan

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named John Duncan to be his last will and testament in the presence of us:

John Saunders, Thomas Dawson, Searles Lewis

At a County Court held for Nelson County at the courthouse in Bardstown on Monday the 12th day of April 1830.

This last will and testament of john Duncan, deceased, was presented in court and proved by the oaths of John Saunders, Thomas Dawson and Searles Lewis, the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Charles Duncan, one of the executors therein named (the other two having refused to act), he, having given bond with Robert Duncan, John Duncan, Robert Smither, Thomas Huston, James Tyler, Alexander McMeekin and James Thomas, his securities, gives bond in the penalty of $20,000 conditioned according to law and took the oath the law in  such case directs.  It is ordered that a certificate of probate of said will be granted him.  Attest.  Nathaniel Wickliffe, Clerk of the Nelson County Court, appointed by said court 12th day of May 1830.

Will Book F, Pages 438-439

Ben Hardin – Famous Lawyer of Bardstown

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Tuesday Morning, December 18, 1900

Historic

Former Residence of Old Ben Hardin

In Suburbs of Bardstown

The Place Where The Famous Lawyer Lived and Died

[Bardstown Record]

One of Kentucky’s historic residences is ‘Edgewood,’ the former home of Ben Hardin, in his day one of Kentucky’s greatest lawyers.  This old homestead is situated in the suburbs of Bardstown, and is a large and irregular structure built entirely of brick.  It was originally a one-storied building, with two rooms in front.  To this an addition was made on the left, comprising a wide hall and front room and chambers in rear with similar apartments above.  These added rooms and the hall are unusually large and airy.  The hall is entered by a large door in front, and contains a massive old-fashioned staircase, connecting with the upper story.  The present occupant, Hon. Lud. McKay, has added a handsome veranda to the house, which greatly improves its general appearance.

This dwelling was erected between 1819-1822 by Mr. Hardin on land that was contained in the original pre-emption of Bardstown.  The tract contains about two hundred and fifty acres of as fine soil as there is in Nelson County.  A wide lawn in front of the residence stretches down to one of the streets of the town, and is liberally shaded with a fine growth of forest trees.

Ben Hardin, who erected and long occupied the residence, was born in Pennsylvania, February 29, 1784, and at the age of four years was brought to Kentucky by his parents, who settled in Nelson County.  At an early age he was placed in the school of Dr. Priestly, then the most able educator in the West.  At the age of twenty, young Hardin began the study of law, which he soon mastered and was admitted to the bar of Bardstown.  His first case was one in which a large tract of land was involved.  He was alone on his side and opposed by several of the most distinguished lawyers of the day.  However, he won his case and his fame was made, and from that time on he never lacked for clients.  Readers of the Standard are familiar with the history of Mr. Hardin; his public services; his numerous debates in Congress with Henry Clay; how he was dubbed the ‘Kitchen Knife’ by John Randolph, and the ‘Red Fox’ by some other equally as great man.  Suffice it to say that he was one of the shrewdest and most successful attorneys that ever practiced his profession within the domains of this old Commonwealth.

In early life Mr. Hardin was married to Elizabeth Barbour, daughter of Col. Ambrose Barbour, of Washington County, one of Kentucky’s most distinguished pioneers.  She is described as a handsome woman, with many admirable traits of character.  Seven children were the result of this union – three sons and four daughters.

The latter were Lucinda, who married John Helm, afterward Governor of Kentucky; Emily, who married Dr. Palmer, a prominent physician of Washington County; Kate, who married Thomas Riley, a prominent attorney of Bardstown, and Sallie, who married Thomas W. Dixon, a Kentuckian living in the West.  Of the sons, William died of a fever in childhood; James and Rowan married in early life – the former a Miss Chinn; the latter a Miss Cartmell.  James died a short time after his marriage.  Rowan became an able lawyer; served in the State Legislature, and in 1851 was appointed by President Fillmore Secretary of Legation to Guatemala.  During the year it is supposed he was assassinated in the mountains of the Isthmus of Darien, as a skeleton was discovered and identified as his by some papers that were found in the vicinity.

Old Ben Hardin’s home life was always a happy one.  His doors were always open, and he dispensed the most lavish hospitality to all who came beneath his roof.  Many distinguished men were entertained by him at his residence, among whom may be mentioned Gen. William Preston, ex-Senator Garland, Bishop Kavanaugh, Judge John Rowan, gov. William Duvall, and many others who afterward became men of national reputation.  Mr. Hardin’s death occurred in September 1852, and was the result of a fall from a horse which he received as he was journeying from Bardstown to Lebanon to attend court.  He was buried in an old grave yard in a field near the pike leading from Springfield to Lebanon, by the side of his mother.  His grave is marked by an unpretentious stone bearing the simple inscription: ‘Ben Hardin, of Bardstown.’  Mrs. Hardin had preceded her husband to the grave in August, her death being hastened by constant attendance upon Mr. Hardin.  She is buried in the old pioneer cemetery here, in the midst of children and relatives.  A marble shaft, that has been sadly disfigured by vandals, marks her last resting place.  The only inscription is bears is ‘Elizabeth Barbour Hardin, wife of Ben Hardin.’

Ritchey and I have visited the Pioneer Cemetery in Bardstown, but we did not see a stone for Elizabeth Barbour Hardin.

Will of Col. John Hardin – Written 1788

Col. John Hardin was an early Kentuckian – came to the state after serving in the Revolutionary War.  In April of 1786, according to Collins’ History of Kentucky, he settled on his preemption on Pleasant Run, then in Nelson County, but part of Washington County when it was organized in 1792.  That is why he mentions the County of Nelson and State of Virginia when he wrote his will in 1788.

In 1792 Col. Hardin was sent by General Wilkinson to make overtures with the Indians.  At an Indian camp about a day’s journey from the site where Ft. Defiance was afterwards built, he encamped with the Indians for the night, on the promise they would take him in the morning to their chief.  John Hardin never made it home, the Indians murdered him that night and made off with his horses and baggage.  In a letter written by John Hardin May 19, 1792, from Fort Washington (later Cincinnati), he stated they were going to ‘try to form a junction at the mouth of the Miami River, which is called Rosadebra, where we expect to form a treaty with all the Indians we can collect at that place.‘  And later in the letter says he ‘reproaches myself for having left my family, throwing myself into the hands of a cruel, savage enemy.’  (This information taken from Pioneer History of Washington County, Kentucky by Orval W. Baylor.)

Colonel John Hardin’s will is the first in the Washington County Will Book A.

Washington County, Kentucky

Will Book A, Page 4-8

In the name of God amen.  I, John Hardin, of Nelson County and state of Virginia, being in perfect state of health and memory blessed be God for the same,

do make and ordain this my last will and testament, revoking all others.  As far as my worldly goods, I bequeath in the manner following, that is to say, I devise to my beloved wife, Jane, three hundred acres of land, to be taken out of my preemption, including the plantation whereon I now live, binding on the northwest line and not to extend further in Pleasant Run than where the Spring Branch empties.  Also I give to my beloved wife one Negro woman named Camer, but not her future increase, one feather bed and furniture and her choice of all the horses I have.  I devise to my son, Martin, four hundred acres of land binding on the southwest line of my preemption to include the Salt Licks and Mill Seat on Pleasant Run.  I devise to my son Mark, five hundred acres of land to be taken of a fifteen hundred acre survey adjoining my preemption, to be laid out of the east end.  I devise to my son Davis, five hundred acres of land adjoining my son Mark, on the west, it being one third of the fifteen hundred acre survey.  I devise to my daughter Sarah, three hundred acres of land to be laid off of my preemption.  I devise to my daughter

Mary, two hundred and fifty acres of land, part of a five hundred acre tract joining my preemption on the east, to include all the Beech Fork that lies in that survey.  Note, I give to John _____ two hundred and fifty acres of land in consideration for Negro George, to be laid off on the south of the above mentioned five hundred acre tract.  As my beloved wife is likely to have another son or daughter I devise to it five hundred acres of land, part of my fifteen hundred acre survey, adjoining my son Davis’ devised land on the west.  And all other lands that I may be hereafter possessed with I devise to the above mentioned children, to be equally divided amongst them.  Also, Negroes George, Bob and Bet and the future increase of Camer to be equally divided among them in like manner, and all my horses, cattle, household furniture and other estate to be equally divided between my beloved wife and above mentioned children.  Should any of the within mentioned children decease before such part of their estate herein mentioned is given into their possession, it shall be divided equally amongst the living brothers and sisters.

Lastly, I do constitute and appoint my beloved wife, Jane, Executrix, and my brothers Mark Hardin and Martin Hardin, my Executors to this my last will and devise they will collect all debts due and pay all my lawful demands.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty-second day of July, anno domini one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight.

John Hardin

Signed and sealed in the presence of Samuel Robertson, John Hardin, Mary Robertson

Note the words ‘hundred’ in the twenty-fourth line underlined on the other side and words ‘and other estate’ as mentioned in the third line on this side was underlined before signed.  Samuel Robertson, John Hardin, Mary Robertson

At a County Court held for Washington County the 4th day of April 1793

This will was proved by the oaths of Samuel Robertson, John Hardin and Mary Robertson, witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Martin Hardin, Mark Hardin and Mary Hardin, the Executrix and Executors, who made oath and

acknowledged bond as the law directs, a certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.

The McQuown Family of Nelson and Barren Counties

Glasgow Municipal Cemetery, Barren County, Kentucky.

In the Glasgow Municipal Cemetery, located at 303 Leslie Avenue, in Glasgow, Kentucky, is buried a family by the name of McQuown.  This family was originally from Nelson County, Kentucky. And our story begins there.  William McQuown and Mary Elizabeth McCown married in Nelson County, October 27, 1827.

In the 1850 census of Nelson County we find William McQuown, age 44, a painter, living with his wife, Mary Elizabeth, age 47.  Their children are Burr, 21, a painter; Mary, 18; Alexander, 13; William Rice, 11; and Lewis, 7.  A son, Richard, was born in 1845, but lived less than a year.  Mary Elizabeth McQuown died about 1854; and daughter Mary died October 3, 1857.  This must have been very hard for the rest of the family to bear.

Evidently they decided to pick up and move to Barren County.  There we find the marriage certificate, dated November 15, 1856, for B. K. McQuown, residence of Glasgow, age 30, single, place of birth, Nelson County; who married Mariam Richardson, residence Glasgow, age 20, single born in Glasgow, Kentucky.  In the 1860 census Burr, 31, is listed as head of household, and is a cargo maker.  I’ve pondered this for most of the day.  To jump ahead just a bit, William McQuown is listed as an undertaker in the 1880 census.  I looked up cargo maker and most sites talked about making a basket type item to carry cargo in.  But, the word coffin comes from the Old French coffin, and from the Latin, cophinus, which translates into basket.  A coffin has six sides, a casket has four.  Could this have been another way of saying they made coffins?  We may never know.  Let me show you the household list:

  • McQuown, Burr K., 31, cargo maker
  • McQuown, Mariam, 28
  • McQuown, Wiliam A., 3
  • McQuown, Mary E., 2
  • McQuown, Richard, 6/12
  • McQuown, Alexander, 23, cargo maker
  • McQuown, Lewis, 17, apprentice
  • McQuown, William, 54, painter
  • Graham, Charles J., 23, cargo maker, Nova Scotia
  • Kell, William H., 25, plater, Ireland
  • Nickolds, Frank, 27, cargo maker
  • McGillock, James, 20, wagon maker
  • McGillock, William A., 17, apprentice

More than just the family living and working together.  We see Burr’s father, William, and his two brothers, Alexander and Lewis, living with Burr, his wife and small children.  It must have been a very busy place, with so many people living and working together.  But they sound like a very productive bunch!

Burr McQuown joined the Confederate Army during the Civil War.  He was in Company K, 7th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry.  He was a bugler!  But we will save that story for another time.

In 1870 we find William, 65, painter, has married again – to Mary J., 49.  Son Lewis, 25, is a lawyer and Alexander, 23, is a painter.  Burr and Mariam have three more children, Burr, Leslie and Lewis.  Burr is now listed as a painter.

In 1880 William McQuown, 75, has the occupation of undertaker.  Mary J., is 60.  Son Alexander is still living with his parents at the age of 43, and is a painter.  And a grandson, Lewis A., also lives in the household.

William McQuown, December 14, 1804 – April 13, 1885.

Mary J. McQuown, wife of William McQuown, June 9, 1820 – July 18, 1897.

William McQuown died April 13, 1885.  He and his second wife, Mary J., who died July 18, 1897, are buried side by side.

Alexander McQuown, December 10, 1836 – July 31, 1885

Alexander McQuown died July 31, 1885.

Mariam, wife of B. K. McQuown, born January 15, 1833, died February 19, 1887.

Miriam Richardson McQuown died February 19, 1887, and husband Burr Kavanaugh McQuown November 2, 1904.  Other members of the family lived on into the early and mid-1900’s.

Burr Kavanaugh McQuown, June 18, 1829 – November 2, 1904.